Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson

Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

Genre: Short Stories
Series: Related to the Walt Longmire Series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 5 hours, 8 minutes
Read by: George Guidall
Source: Purchased

The Short Version:
A collection of short stories related to but not integral to the Walt Longmire series.

Why I Read It:
I love everything I’ve read by Craig Johnson and I prefer to listen to the audiobooks.

The Book:
From the author’s website:

On the heels of the Hillerman award­winning short story “Old Indian Trick”, the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Craig Johnson’s bestselling, award­winning novels and the hit series Longmire, fans rejoiced when Johnson began sending out a short story every Christmas Eve that featured an episode in Walt’s life that didn’t appear in the novels.

Featuring an introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips, who plays Henry Standing Bear on A&E’s Longmire, Wait For Signs collects those beloved stories and one entirely new one for the first time in a single volume. With glimpses of Walt’s past from the incident in “Ministerial Aide” when the sheriff is mistaken for a deity, to the hilarious “Messenger,” where the majority of the action takes place in a Porta Potty, Wait For Signs is a welcome addition to any Longmire fan’s shelf and a wonderful way to introduce new readers to the fictional world of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

My Thoughts:
I’ve actually read some of the short stories in this collection. Several of them were released a few years ago in ebook format as Christmas in Absaroka County. I also read a couple of them as individual ebook releases. They are all fun in their own way.

Many of them take place around the Christmas holidays but not all do.

The new to me stories in this collection were:

Firebird – On New Year’s Eve at the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Walt manages to solve both a current crime and several old unsolved ones.

Several Stations – A crashed Toys R Us truck didn’t hurt the driver and Walt manages to use his lines from a fill in performance in A Christmas Carol but just confuses people. He also does a bit of playing Santa too.

High Holidays – Chasing down people who drive off without paying for their gas is a routine call for the Sheriff’s department but not always. Beware of trying to fool a man who once dated a Jewish girl.

Thankstaking – Henry Standing Bear is not a fan of Thanksgiving but this year as he and Walt prepare for their holiday dinner at the Red Pony Café things may change that.

Petunia, Bandit of the Bighorns – Known as the ewe that launched a thousand strays, Petunia is a very special sheep and her story as told by Walt is hilarious.

Even though I’d read the other stories in this collection I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them again because I prefer to hear Craig Johnson’s stories as narrated by George Guidall. He’s absolutely wonderful and all the storied that weren’t new to me were even better in audio format.

The stories I’ve read before are reviewed in these posts:
Christmas in Absaroka County and Messenger.

My only complaint about this audiobook is that the introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips is not read by either Phillips himself nor is it read by George Guidall. The man reading the introduction consistently mispronounces Absaroka (the county where Walt works and much of Craig Johnson’s stories take place). It was like fingernails on a chalkboard to hear that error so many times during the introduction. That was a big mistake by the audiobook director.

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration